3 thoughts on “A London bound express approaching Eaglescliffe station

  1. The last time I saw Eaglescliffe Station, was in 1969, when I was on board the train from Stockton to London. My Auntie waved to me as we went through the station. I was embarking on a great adventure. Emigrating to Australia.

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  2. A very nostalgic photograph. There were diversions from the main line via Stillington and Eaglescliffe on several Sundays in the early months of 1962 and I imagine 60013 was on one of the two Sunday morning expresses from Newcastle to King”s Cross,the date possibly 28/1/62. At the time these two trains were booked for steam haulage between Newcastle and London, but within a few months both had been turned over to diesel power.Sunday travel could be a bit of a chore at that time, as engineering work meant frequent diversions off the main line, via places like Lincoln, Spalding or Knottingly, to say nothing of Eaglescliffe, Bishop Auckland or Leamside in our local area, depending on where work was taking place on any given Sunday. At least you usually remained on the train in the 1960s and were not turfed out and put on a bus to complete the journey, as often happens today.

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  3. A London bound express approaching Eaglescliffe station at speed from the Stockton direction – taken one Sunday in early 1962 the express hauled by A4 60013 “Dominion of New Zealand” was diverted from its normal route through Darlington due to engineering work on the main line. At this time Eaglescliffe was still a substantial Junction station with four platforms, eleven through lines & two signal boxes – change was on the way though & the wooden signal gantry would soon be replaced by modern colour light signals resulting in the closure of the North signal box, the roof of which is just visible above the first & second carriages of the train. In the left background is Witham Hall which was demolished in 1974 at which time it was reputed to be over 300 years old. Photo taken by the late Alan Ramsay, copyright Nick Chamberlain

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